Storm Front by Jim Butcher

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher
Narrator: James Marsters
Series: Dresden Files #1
Published by Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp. on June 10, 2009
Genres: Paranormal, Wizards
Length: 8 hours 1 minute
Pages: 355
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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8 hrs 1 min
My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I'm a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I'm the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under Wizards. Believe it or not, I'm the only one there.
With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.


Technically, this is a re-read, though this is a review of the audiobook which I listened to for the first time. Where I work, it is very quiet so I decided to try audiobooks. In the past, I was never able to really sit and pay attention. Now, knowing I wanted to do some reading while working, I decided to give audiobooks another go. Since I love James Marsters, and I’ve already read the first 15ish? Dresden Files, I picked up Storm Front and it was a success!

Marsters is such a great narrator, especially for a character like Dresden. His voice is even-keel, so when Dresden does get exasperated, you really hear it. It is a good pace and just generally really nice to listen to.

Story wise, it’s fun but you can definitely tell it is dated. Dresden and the way he behaves/speaks might now be referred to as an incel, though I am certain Butcher did not intend him that way, and I know I did not read him that way back in the early 2000s. That said, it is a great read. There’s a motley crew of characters that each have very different personalities they remain true to regardless of circumstances. Pacing is steady and conflicts resolve with only the tiniest bit left open as a trail for future books. Gentleman Johnny? A favorite of mine. Susan? Too good for this world.

Would I recommend? Yes, if you are into urban paranormal mysteries!


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